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2.0 out of 5 stars missing manual ?, 18 April 2010
This review is from: Mac OS X Snow Leopard: The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals) (Paperback)
The missing manual ?
This book is full of things I don't need. And when I need help, it let's me down, notwithstanding it's 900 pages of text and pictures.
Unblock a removable disk is not his strong point. When the eject button doesn't, David Pogue invites to restart the Mac keeping the eject button, mouse button or F12 key pressed ; and even if that technique doesn't work, to look for a tiny pinhole, in or around the slot, and insert a straightened paper clip, slowly and calmly, to make the disk pop out.
This manual is about the Mac OS X 'Snow Leopard operating system'; nevertheless, it might signal that some Macs don't come any more with CD-ROM drawers. They just use a slot. Then what ? Blockage and necessity to use radical means, i.e. rescuing by AppleCare.
With a small piece of wood and some audacity, I succeeded however to extract the imprisoned minidisk, making afterwards AppleCare verify that nothing went wrong, in order to preserve the warranty of my new MacBook Pro.
Macintosh user since the beginning, I have no need for this manual, at the limit of deliberate padding.
From time to time I read a few pages of this laborious book, and eventually find some interesting piece of advice. But in general, with a Mac one finds intuitively by himself the solution to a difficulty.
Paraphrasing Woody Allen who likes to say : «I have the answer. Which is the question ?», a Mac user might think : «No need of answer. There is no question.»
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Initial post: 29 Apr 2010 16:14:38 BDT
David Glover says:
Let me get this straight, you inserted a mini-CD into your slot-loading CD drive? You shouldn't need this book - the instructions that *came with your computer* tell you *not* to do this.

Rating this book poorly for your own failure to read the instructions is terribly unfair.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jul 2010 15:26:34 BDT
Thanks for that, David. I had doubts about this book because of this eedjit. I've now had a quick glance in a bookshop and it looks excellent. I'll be buying.
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